EXTRA! EXTRA! BIG NEWS! High-tech pain management for children is coming to dental offices everywhere!
MEDi is a robotic pain management tool invented by Dr. Tanya Beran, professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of RxRobots. He was developed to help children undergoing medical procedures. And he works! According to an article in Vaccine June 2013, MEDi calmed children and reduced their pain by 50 percent. Because he improves patient outcomes in hospitals, pediatric dental practices are testing how he can help their patients.
This robot does his best work using cognitive-behavioral intervention. That’s a mouthful. Cognitive-behavioral intervention is based on this principle: Thinking (internal behavior) controls overt (external behavior) actions. He provides children with a new way of thinking that can lead to a change in their behavior or actions that can affect their medical or dental procedures. Dr. Richard Olin joined Mark Williams, President and CEO of RxRobots, and Dr. Tanya Beran and stated, “We agreed that MEDi was perfectly suited for integrating his skills into the pediatric dental setting. The reduction of children’s fear and pain perception is a primary goal of every pediatric and general dentist in the world.
Olin’s team has been using this wonderful little robot and reports his positive effects. “MEDi is constantly in the active mode allowing children to interact with him immediately and continually upon entering the dental operatory. He distracts the children, reducing their initial anxiety and fear. They listen to his instructions, which allows the rest of the dental team to move forward faster and more seamlessly with their work with a more compliant patient,” Olin said.
“MEDi represents the future of robotic technology and is a first for dentistry; it will reduce the dentist’s and dental team’s daily stress through easier, more cooperative dental visits with their pediatric patients. He will become an essential part of the dental team of every dental office eventually.”
Does MEDi the robot pique your interest? Call Sherwood Dental at (780) 464-4166 with your questions about this innovative pain management tool for children. We’d be happy to talk with you about him.